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Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship
NZSA AGM next weekend June 11
Heidi North-Bailey joins Shanghai Writing Program
Winner of NorthWrite competition for Northland writers announced
Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill
Advanced Fiction Course – Journey to Publication
Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day Calendar of Events
Corpus: Conversations about Medicine and Life
All You Need Is Love…And A Great Story
Updated Incorporated Societies Act welcomed by Creative NZ
NWF - A forum for all writers, all genres, all levels
PEN Matters
 PEN Case List: Updated
 Early Release: Vietnam
 PEN Issues: ‘Top Writers’ Radio Show
Clippings from the Internet
   Fair play: can UK literary festivals pay their way?      
Digital Files
   International Expansion, Ads, and Deals
   From paying the bills, to £2,000 a day: making a killing from self-publishing
Comic / Graphic Novel News
   It’s the groundbreaking comic whose characters have aged along with its readers
Death by Deadline
Events / Book Launches / Workshops 
Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan
Writers on Radio and TV

Welcome to the Literary Bulletin


New membership benefits for NZSA members:

Cushion Editing Services - Expert copy editing and proofreading. A 15% discount for NZSA members.
Clearlingo - Professional proofreading and copy-editing service for fiction and non-fiction. South Canterbury. 20% discount to NZSA members.  

Enjoy your weekend. Jackie & Claire

Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship 2016 / 17

Opening for applications 10 June

This award is open to writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama who are currently working on a new project. With our grateful thanks to Peter Beatson this award occurs annually and provides the successful applicant with $7,000. It is envisaged that the award will be given to a mid-career or senior writer. The fellowship may not be held concurrently with another literary grant. More

Applications need to be submitted by 5pm 15 August 2016

NZSA AGM next weekend June 11

To let Wellington branch know you are coming email:
To send your apology email:
To make sure you end up at the right AGM at the right time:
2pm Saturday June 11
Toi Poneke Arts Centre,
61-69 Abel Smith St,
To enjoy a literary dinner with fellow writers, participate in a literary quiz and generally have an enjoyable evening, $35 per person email:
And to make sure you end up at the right dinner at the right time:
6pm Saturday June 11 
39 Webb St, Mount Cook

There won't be another AGM in Wellington for 4 or 5 years so do come along - and if you don't know anyone else you will be made to feel welcome and introduced to other members.

The AGM papers are on the members side of the website, you will need to log in. There will be printed copies for members at the meeting.

Heidi North-Bailey joins 2016 Shanghai Writing Program

Congratulations to NZSA member Heidi North-Bailey who has been selected as the second New Zealand writer to join the Shanghai Writers’ Association’s International Writing Program. Heidi is an Auckland based poet, short story and creative non-fiction writer.
This opportunity is available through a partnership between the Michael King Writers’ Centre, the New Zealand China Friendship Society, the Shanghai Writers’ Association and the Shanghai People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. More

Winner of NorthWrite competition for Northland writers

Congratulations to NZSA member Sun Lyoung Kim who is the winner of the NorthWrite 2016 Competition for Northland writers.

This one-off competition was open to any writer 18 years and over and resident in Northland, and the prize was attendance at a national writers’ conference worth up to $700.

Sun Lyoung Kim is a Northland writer who grew up in South Korea, and emigrated to New Zealand 20 years ago. Her short story, Floating Island, explores the experience of emigration.  More

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill.

The closing date for submissions is Friday, 22 July 2016

This bill is an omnibus bill that amends New Zealand law as part of the implementation of the free trade agreement named the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. A number of legislative and regulatory amendments would be required to align New Zealand’s domestic law with certain obligations in the Agreement to enable New Zealand to ratify it. More

Advanced Fiction Course – Journey to Publication

This is a new one-off course offered at the Creative Hub to those with a Masters of Creative Writing, those who have published a book of fiction, and graduates of a Creative Hub Thirty Week Fiction/Memoir course.

This course features:
  • Manuscript development by NZ’s leading fiction editors
  • Sessions by successful published writers
  • Student work will be discussed on a weekly rotational basis using group session feedback chaired by Creative Hub director John Cranna
  • Coverage of available scholarships, mentoring and bursaries
In the last three years, 20 Creative Hub graduates have published books, or won prizes in national or international writing awards.

Dates: August 2nd - 26th October 2016
Course Length: 12 weeks, weekly on Tuesdays 6-9pm
Location: The Creative Hub, Auckland waterfront

Course Workshops:
  • Geoff Walker – Former publishing director, Penguin Books
  • Harriet Allan – Current Fiction publisher, Penguin/Random House
  • Fiona Sussman – Novelist
  • Ann Glamuzina – Novelist
  • Rosetta Allan – Novelist
  • Mark Broatch – Books and Arts Editor, NZ Listener
  • Jackie Dennis – CEO, New Zealand Society of Authors
To find out more about this course, its workshops and enrolment please visit:
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Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day Calendar of Events

From seasoned poets to total newbies to the simply-a-bit-curious, participants in the 19th Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2016 — on Friday, 26 August — have the opportunity to be touched by the magic and excitement of poetry, to get involved in the poetry community, and to discover New Zealand poets, share poems and explore and experience what poetry is all about.

Corpus: Conversations about Medicine and Life

A new blog devoted to the Medical Humanities

Corpus links practitioners from a range of disciplines in conversation about health and illness. Publishing a wide range of perspectives on health and medical practice, especially reflective or creative work which fleshes out the biomedical version of illness and disability. Corpus is edited by University of Otago historian Professor Barbara Brookes and writer Sue Wootton. More

All You Need Is Love…And A Great Story


Registrations have just opened for the 2016 RWNZ annual conference, the 23rd event of its kind for the organisation which was founded in 1990 by a group of Auckland romance writers and currently has in excess of 250 members right around New Zealand and internationally.

The 2016 RWNZ annual conference, ‘All you need is love…and a great story’, takes place at Auckland’s Waipuna Conference and Events Centre from 12 to 14 August. More information is available via the website


CLNZ have launched a new $25,000 award for non-fiction writers, as part of their revised Cultural Fund investment plan. The Award enables the successful applicant to devote time to a specific writing project.

The new $25,000 CLNZ Writers’ Award will be made available to one writer each year for the next three years and features broad and inclusive criteria to allow writers across the full range of non-fiction genres, including those with an educational focus, to apply.

We encourage non-fiction writers across all genres to consider applying for this award.

Applicants must submit details of a planned project to a selection panel and applications must be received by 4.00pm on Thursday 23 June 2016.

The winner of this year’s award will be announced at the New Zealand Society of Author’s National Writers Forum to be held in Auckland on 17th and 18th September 2016.

A full set of criteria and application forms are available at'-Award/
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Updated Incorporated Societies Act welcomed by Creative NZ

Submissions on MBIE’s Exposure Draft: Incorporated Societies Bill close on 30 June 2016.
The 1908 Act sets out how incorporated societies should be set-up and administered, including a prohibition against operating for the financial gain of its members, and how they should be governed and monitored.

MBIE’s exposure draft clarifies the roles and responsibilities of officers and gives guidance for the resolution of disputes, conflicts of interest, complaints and grievances. Find out more about this Bill on the Creative New Zealand website.

A forum for all writers, all genres, all levels

The NWF will bring you prestigious local and international speakers to share their knowledge, their ideas and their experience.

It is a two day intensive where writers will talk, learn and share information about the craft of writing and the business of getting published – traditional and indie, print and digital. 
The forum will report on the current New Zealand writing and publishing environment and explore the prospects for writers in the new democracy of the digital world.

Email Jackie if you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting.

PEN Matters

PEN Case List: Updated

Each year PEN International produces a case list of persecuted writers. From January 2015 to Dec 2015 there were 1054 writers brought to PEN’s attention. The Case List provides a breakdown of writers by country, and a further indication of field of work. Journalists, bloggers, and those involved in digital media are prominent this year in the chilling read of statistics. The full report is available here.

Early Release: Vietnam

PEN welcomes the early release of poet, essayist, and scholar Father Nguyen Van Ly. A Catholic priest, Father Nguyen Van Ly has been serving an 8 year prison term for ‘conducting propaganda against the state’. It is great to have good news to report. NZSA and PEN thank Writers in Prison Committee team coordinator Lesley Marshall, and her team of writers who support the PEN Rapid Action network in NZ. Find out more about the Rapid Action Network and how to join here.

PEN Issues: ‘Top Writers’ Radio Show

‘Top Writers’, a show which interviews authors from the Top of the South Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors, features a PEN section hosted by Dana Wensley. The show begins with freedom of speech issues, focusing the lens on one author each session. This Saturday, the show examines the power of fiction and the Film and Literature Board of Review decision following the interim ban on Into the River. The show airs on Fresh FM. For more information, click here.


For further information on PEN or any issues or concerns raised above please contact Dana Wensley, PEN Representative for NZ at

Clippings from the Internet

Fair play: can UK literary festivals pay their way?

I think the truth hit last summer, when I was at a festival to interview a group of writers. It was not a literary festival per se, but a combination of music, theatre, comedy and debates, in among which there stood a doughty literature tent, made rustic by the odd hay bale. What one noticed most, though, was the food: an endless vista of eating opportunities, from crepes to dirty burgers to artisanal pizzas to anything but a cheese sandwich. More
Extract from article by Alex Clark in the Guardian

Digital Files 

International Expansion, Ads, and Deals: BookBub, Goodreads and Consumers

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then BookBub is the latest to flatter another major promoter of books—and to be flattered by it.Cambridge, Massachusetts-based BookBub and San Francisco-based Goodreads have basically taken leaves from each other’s playbooks in recent weeks, creating a new density of options in the direct-to-consumer discoverability arena.

Publishers and authors, as a result, are being offered more chances to make direct appeals to readers than before, and in a widening international context. Some 50 percent of Goodreads’ members are outside the United States. And BookBub has just opened its fourth non-American territory, Australia. More
Extract from article by Porter Anderson in Publishing Perspectives

From paying the bills, to £2,000 a day: making a killing from self-publishing

Could you murder your wife to save your daughter?” That’s the hook for a novel that has enabled self-published author Adam Croft, writing from his back bedroom, to pay off his mortgage in just 20 weeks, selling 150,000 copies and winning a book deal with Amazon. More
Extract from article by Alison Flood in the Guardian

Comic / Graphic Novel News

It’s the groundbreaking comic whose characters have aged along with its readers – and Neil Gaiman is a huge fan

At the turn of the 1980s, if you wanted to read comics, you were pretty much confined to Spider-Man, Superman and their Spandexed stablemates at Marvel and DC. The underground comic scene of the 60s and 70s had faded alongside Art Spiegelman and Robert Crumb, and postpunk independents such as Dave Sim’s Cerebus the Aardvark had yet to fully take up the slack. Then, in 1981, along came Love and Rockets, a crudely printed, self-published comic from three California brothers, Jaime, Gilbert and Mario, known as Los Bros Hernandez. It was – and remains – one of the most original and influential comic projects ever. More
Extract from article by David Barnett in the Guardian

Death by Deadline

17 Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards. More
12 International Bath Flash Fiction Award. More
30 University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize. More
30 Kāpiti Coast District Libraries’ fourth annual poetry competition. More
30 THE PROVERSE PRIZE 2016. (sent to Europe) More

18 Auckland Theatre Company submissions. More
27 Elyne Mitchell Writers Award. More 
29 CLNZ / NZSA Research Grants More
31 Taking Flight - submissions open. More

1 NEW VOICES - Emerging Poets Competition More
15 Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship More
31 The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016. More

27 NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award For Literature. More



The Calendar of Opportunities is found on our website. 

  • Opportunities are displayed in calendar or list form (together with events). 
  • Opportunities are only visible to members! To see opportunities on the website you need to log in using your email address and website password.
  • To find opportunities in your area, visit your branch page.
  • Beware! The listing appears on the deadline date.

Events / Book Launches / Workshops


Events are found on our website

  • You can see Events in calendar or list form (together with opportunities). 
  • To find all events and book launches go here.
  • To find events in your area, visit your branch page.

Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan

Latest Nielsen Bestseller reports: Bestsellers Chart - fiction, non fiction, adults, children & Independent Booksellers Top 20

Writers on Radio and TV

Click here to see the lineup for upcoming Books on Radio New Zealand National.

Here's a direct link to Books on Saturday Morning

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